There are things you can do to avoid furnace breakdowns this winter. By avoiding some common mistakes, you won't be left in the cold by a furnace malfunction.
1. Crowding the Furnace
The main furnace unit is typically placed in a larger utility closet or in the basement of your home so that there is plenty of space around the unit. Don't use this space for storage, no matter how tempting that may be.
If you've recently bought a home, one of the things that you should pay particular attention to is the furnace. Especially with cold weather setting in, it's important that you understand the maintenance history of your furnace so that you can ensure that the unit gets the seasonal maintenance it needs. Here's a look at what you need to know about furnace maintenance and the issues that neglect can cause.
If you have an older home, you have probably had to make some improvements and upgrades to it in the past. One upgrade that you might not have done yet is replacing all of the plumbing pipes. This is a pretty big project, and it's definitely something that you will want to hire a plumber for. If you aren't sure of whether or not it's going to be worth it to have this type of upgrade done to your older home, consider these reasons why it can be a great idea.
While walking around your home's central air conditioning unit, you may have noticed a few puddles that have formed on the ground around its perimeter. Since the amount is more than typical condensation that you may expect when the air is highly humid, you may be concerned about the source of the puddles. If so, there are a couple of possible causes of the puddles that are forming around your home's A/C unit.
Indoor air quality can seem to suffer once you seal up your home and turn on the furnace. Stuffy, recycled air, dust, and other debris in the air can cause respiratory discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to improve air quality without having to turn off the heating system.
1. Install an Air Cleaner
An air cleaner is an appliance that hooks into the air intake system for your furnace. The air cleaner contains additional filtration units, which will clean more debris out of the air before it passes through your furnace and recirculates through the home.